Tasman Networks Inc. is introducing a T-1 WAN router that packs in ports and features at low cost. Called Tasman 1004, the box supports up to four T-1 lines, including DSU/CSUs and the ability to logically bond them together into a single, larger link. Depending on the software package a customer buys, the box supports Layer 2 protocols, including Multilink Point-to-Point Protocol and frame relay, as well as routing protocols OSPF, RIP, RIP2 and BGP4. It also supports quality of service using DiffServ, virtual LAN tagging and forwarding, packet filtering and network address translation (NAT). The 1004 costs US$2,000.

Cisco flaunts fibre features

Cisco Systems Inc. last month extended the capabilities of its SONET transport platform by adding features that increase fibre capacity. At the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference in Atlanta, Cisco unveiled integrated dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) capabilities for its ONS 15454 metro optical transport system. The 32-channel OC-192/STM-64 DWDM capability for the ONS 15454 is designed to support increasing traffic from storage, TDM, Ethernet/IP and optical services in the metro area for transport across the long-haul network. The system is intended to enable service providers to maximize the capacity and reach of their fibre infrastructures, Cisco says.

Enemy at the gates

ServGate Technologies Inc. this month will announce a security platform to which customers can add hardware and software as traffic and network security needs grow. Called EdgeForce Plus, the base model supports a 200Mbps firewall and 45Mbps Triple-DES encryption to create IP Security VPNs. With the purchase of a software key called Performance Module, the firewall speed can be pushed to 250Mbps and the VPN encryption to 90Mbps. The base model of EdgeForce Plus costs US$3,000. Performance Module costs US$1,000 extra, and Professional Module costs US$500 extra. Virus-scanning software costs US$245 to US$2,495 to support numbers of users ranging from 10 to unlimited.